This Plane Ran Out Of Gas And Landed On A Southern California Freeway

Ken Gheysar, 48, was on his way to Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif. when the small plane he was flying ran out of gas, forcing him to land in the southbound lanes of I-15, near Escondido, Calif. » 7/23/12 1:40pm 7/23/12 1:40pm

NSFW: Dog Tries To Save Little Buddy On Busy Freeway

We wonder if man's best friend has a bigger heart than we have. While this little guy eventually didn't make it, we salute its wonder-pup-of-a-friend for trying to save him from Chilean motorists. » 12/19/08 3:15pm 12/19/08 3:15pm

Abandoned House Still On LA Freeway's Shoulder

So you got your guys who don't tie down their ladders, boxes, or dinette sets clogging up the freeways with their crap. But what can you say about a man who lost his house on the freeway? And this is no mobile home; it's a small single-family home that Patrick Richardson was trying to move from Santa Monica to Santa… » 9/25/07 2:30pm 9/25/07 2:30pm

Dung Never Sleeps

The excrement of avians is not being ruled out as a factor in the collapse of the I-35 bridge on the River Mississippi in the Twin Cities. Apparently, pigeon dung, when dried, exudes salts. Salts which corrode steel and wear away concrete. Years back, grates were installed on the bridge's structure to discourage… » 8/22/07 7:00pm 8/22/07 7:00pm

Hell Freezes Over! 580 Maze Fixed In 25 Days!

Here's a California joke for you:
Q: What's orange and sleeps eight?
A: A CalTrans truck! (CalTrans = California Dept. of Transportation)
Yes, the Golden State's highway bureaucracy is legendary for glacial slowness of freeway construction and/or repair, and we all laughed until oxygen deprivation set in when we… » 5/25/07 2:30pm 5/25/07 2:30pm

Hell Roads: The Dreaded Nimitz Freeway

In my family, the freeway named after Admiral Chester Nimitz is always referred to as "The Dreaded Nimitz." The stretch nearest the Martin ancestral villa- let's say between the San Leandro border and the Bay Bridge- looms as a car-and-human-parts-strewn nightmare of potholes, 18-wheelers piloted by drivers at the… » 5/01/07 6:00pm 5/01/07 6:00pm

Jalopnik Weekend: How Much Good Could A Good Man Do If A Good Man Could…

Turns out, lots. Driving home on the Arroyo Seco last night (the portion of the 110 between Pasadena and Highland Park) I began realizing just how much of my life I will soon be spending on the world's first freeway. Inside Line is HQ'd in the People's Republic of Santa Monica, meaning that starting Monday not only… » 2/10/07 9:22pm 2/10/07 9:22pm

Fast Blast to Seattle Circa '88

Steve over at Finkbuilt (a site we don't visit nearly enough) posted this little film clip he produced back in 1988 by sticking a cheapo Super 8 camera out the sunroof of his car and shooting individual frames all the way from Oly to Seattle. The quality of the footage is roughly the inverse of any given Top Gear » 10/12/06 1:30pm 10/12/06 1:30pm

Eastbound is Down: Bay Area Traffic Not as Bad as Expected Due to…

For those of you who never did time in the Bay Area, we'll lay it straight out: when the Bay Bridge is closed, the normally bad traffic goes from indigestion to amoebic dysentery. And to demolish the old Western Approach to the hoary gray workhorse (and actually our favorite bridge anywhere (yes, we love you, too, … » 9/03/06 9:00am 9/03/06 9:00am

We Are 138: Angry Motorists Threaten Highway Workers

The pleasantries gone, stripped of all they were (and a passable highway), motorists sick of backups on the 138 north of San Bernardino have begun taking it out on the CalTrans workers tasked with widening the road. They've threatened to run over flagmen, vandalized and moved barricades, and one yob even brandished a… » 7/12/06 7:00pm 7/12/06 7:00pm

California's Worst Roads: A Primer

The 91. I-80 along the East Bay shore. The 405/101 interchange. The 710 out of the harbor. 580 over Altamont. Vasco Road out in eastern Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. I-5 down into the San Fernando Valley. What do they all have in common? They're California's most-congested sections of road, all largely a result… » 7/10/06 4:30pm 7/10/06 4:30pm

Invasion of the 909'ers!

Thank the maker that we don't commute anymore. Monday, we took a ride up to Coonce's, thinking that we could avoid the 110 North/I-5 North interchange, which was designed sometime during the Paleozoic era, by taking the 47 over to the 710 to the 5. And then some jackass stuffed his semi at the 710/PCH interchange,… » 7/05/06 8:30pm 7/05/06 8:30pm

America's First Freeway: The 110

ThnderBlt's comment on this post got us thinking about what's alternately known as the Harbor Freeway and the Pasadena Freeway and can be generally summed up by its route number, the 110. Designed by a man named Spencer Cortelyou (who, coincidentally, is the great-great uncle of the first girl we ever made out with),… » 6/29/06 2:30pm 6/29/06 2:30pm